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Winter not over yet as Stafford and Stone pensioners urged to keep warm

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: February 25, 2014

By Sarah Marshall

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OLDER people in Stafford and Stone are being urged to keep warm to ensure their heart stays healthy.

Stafford GP Dr Sue Knight, clinical leader for Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group, is warning people not to be caught out by the mild temperatures.

She is urging people wrap up warm, ensure homes are well heated and take advantage of the financial help and benefits available.

She added: “It may feel like it’s getting warmer but people should not let their guard down, there’s still time for winter to make a comeback and temperatures to plunge.

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“The cold weather and reduced sunlight hours can bring with them an increase in illnesses and injuries and have a dramatic effect on everyday life for people already vulnerable because of their age, illness or disability.

“Cold and wintry conditions can lead to very serious health problems including strokes and pneumonia, but also heart attacks, which are very common in the winter months.”

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